Whether precious minerals like gold or fossil fuels like coal, the Earth yields a bounty - and often suffers for it.
The Earth provides natural resoures that human societies depend on. Extraction of natural resources have made some people rich - and such extraction has also resulted in environmental costs. Overexploitation of natural resources like water and soils exhausts these invaluable resources, while rubble and toxic waste from extractive processes like mining also leave their mark. DW explores the topic of natural resources.
New legislation in Brazil has proposed to reduce or eliminate several Amazon conservation areas. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested the bill may be linked to efforts to mine for resources.
The Republic of Congo holds a presidential election on Sunday which is widely expected to return the incumbent, Denis Sassou-Nguesso. But despite the country's natural resources he's not yet managed to solve high unemployment and slow GDP growth. The oil price slump is only making matters worse.